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Okeechobee News

Vol. 98 No. 327


Buckhead residents
did their homework
Nov. 13 the board of county
commissioners approved a
.resolution requesting South
Florida Water Management
District to clean and maintain
the Pearce Canal as a a safe
and navigable system that
reaches the big lake.
For the past year the
drought and competition for
water in south Florida has
left Glades County communi-
ties without access to Lake
Okeechobee. This has had a
detrimental impact on local
business and property own-
Buckhead Ridge residents
felt that their fishing commu-
nity and neighborhood canal
system were especially crip-
pled by the rock bottom level
of the Pearce Canal water.
Page 5

SFWMD: 50 ways
to be water smart
South Florida Water Man-
agement District highlights
the following ways to be wa-
ter smart at all times. Florida's
lifestyle depends on a clean,
ample supply of water. As you
read through these 50 ways to
save water, you'll notice that
some are based on simple
common sense, while others
utilize new technology. It's
important that we all do our
Saving Water Outdoors
1 Don't overwater your
lawn- no more than once a
week in the winter or twice a
week in the summer. A good
- rain eliminates the need for
watering for up to two weeks.
Buy a rain gauge. Most of the
year, lawns only need one
inch of water per week.
2 Plant it smart. Xeriscape
landscaping is a great way to
design, install and maintain
both your plants and irriga-
tion system. It will save time,
money and water.
Page 8

Drought Index
Current: 421
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.32 feet
Last Year: 12.39 feet

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Source: South
Florida Water
District. Depth
given in feet
above sea level.

C lassifieds .........................10,11
Com ics ...................................... 7
Community Events.................... 4
Crossword........................... 10
O pinion................................... 4
Speak Out ............................. 4
Sports......... .................... 12
TV ............................................ 11
W eather...................................... 2

See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.

Community Links. Individual Voices.

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Friday, November 23, 2007

Be safe while

Holidays are
for families,
and criminals

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
'Tis the season to be shop-
ping -- shopping safely that is!
Being safe should be a top
priority of all holiday shoppers.
Holiday shopping safety ex-
tends beyond the store parking
lots and back at your own drive-

way and home. The holidays are
a time for cheer, hope and joy.
But unfortunately, it can be a
time when crime becomes more
These holiday safety tips
should help make your holiday
season a safe and happy one.
While shopping, stay alert
and be aware of what's going
on around you; this will deter
pickpockets and purse-snatch-
ers. Don't overburden yourself
with packages. If a person sees
-someone with too many pack-

ages they are more vulnerable to
someone mugging them.
Dress comfortably and casu-
ally. Lines are usually lengthy
around the holidays. Be ready
to take longer than you expect
to complete your shopping and
dress appropriately.
Always remember to be extra
careful'with purses and wallets.
Carry a purse close to your body,
not dangling by the straps. Put a
wallet in an inside coat or front
pants pocket. Never leave your
purse in a shopping cart or on a

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counter while you pay for your shopping bags and gifts in the
purchases. When using public trunk. When returning to your
restrooms, use extreme caution auto (or home), have your keys
-- try to avoid putting your purse in your hand, ready to open the
on hooks or door handles. door. Park your car as close to
Never carry large amounts of your destination as possible.
money. Whenever possible, use Also, if you take packages to
credit cards or checks instead of the car but plan to return to the
cash. Make sure that only one store or mall, drive your car to a
credit slip is printed with your new location in the parking lot.
charge card and be sure to tear Criminals can be on the lookout
up any carbons. for unsuspecting shoppers who
Park in a well-lighted area, simply drop their purchases into
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Thanksgiving in Okeechobee: Helping the needy

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Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Employees of the Okeechobee County Road Department pitched in and collected enough money to provide turkey
and all the trimmings for a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner for two needy families. Helping out with the event were,
left to right, Johnny Taylor, Faye Alberi and James English.

These servers, (left to right) are: LaMarr Kressley, Dollie Kressley, Pat Diles and Margaret Harding, were hard at work
Wednesday morning Nov. 21 preparing Thanksgiving Dinner at the Senior Services Center.

Gang Free Motorcycle

rally funds scholarships

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A local detective described
the inaugural Gang Free Mo-
torcycle Rally "a success" and
said part of the proceeds from
the two-day event will be used
for scholarships for two gradu-
ating Okeechobee High School
Detective Sergeant Brad
Stark of the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Sheriff's Office (OCSO) said
the rally raised $9,990.28.
The Nov. 10 & 11 rally was
held at the Okeechobee County
Agri-Civic Center specifically to
raise money to be used to edu-
cate both adults and children
about gangs, and to help fund
the Florida Gang Investigators
Association (FGIA) program
called the Gang Free Florida

Initiative. Sgt. Stark documents
and conducts gang education
programs for the local sheriff's
The motorcycle rally con-
sisted of games and contests, a
motorcycle and hot rod show
and a poker run that were all
aimed at raising money.
Besides the scholarships,
Sgt. Stark said some of the
money will be used to fund a lo-
cal graffiti eradication program
that will make paint available
to cover up local gang graffiti,
which is also known as tagging.
Gang tagging consists of gang
symbols and messages painted
on walls and other structures to
either designate a gang's turf or
to disrespect rival gangs.
Inmates from Department
of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) facili-

ties or local correctional facili-
ties will do the actual painting
over of gang taggings through
a work release program, he
Sgt. Stark said some of the
funds will also go to the local
Grad Nite party.
Remaining funds will go to
the FGIA's statewide gang ini-
tiative program to help educate
students and adults about the
gang problem in Florida. The
money will not only be used in
schools but in programs aimed
at the general public.
"We have a lot of counties
that still don't have gang train-
ing," said Sgt. Stark.
This money, he added, will
get the word out about the
See Rally - Page 2

See Shopping - Page 2

Cost of




By Brian Skoloff
Associated Press Writer
- The multibillion-dollar project
to restore the Everglades has
come to a near standstill, and
the government can no longer
estimate how much it will cost
or how long it will take, the top
federal official in charge of con-
struction told The Associated
In part because Congress
has failed to come through
with the promised money,
some tasks have fallen years
behind schedule. In the mean-
time, construction costs are ris-
ing, along with the price of the
Florida real estate that must be
bought up as part of the plan to
restore the natural flow of wa-
ter in the Everglades.
The largest wetlands resto-
ration effort in the world -- ap-
proved in 2000 and formally
known as the Comprehensive
Everglades Restoration Plan,
or CERP -- was originally esti-
mated to ,cost $7.8 billion and
take 30 years. By last year, the
price tag had been put at $10.5
billion, and experts said it could
take 50 years.
Now it's anybody's guess.
See Everglades - Page 2


ee News/Pete Gawda

Detective Sergeant Brad Stark (left) presented Okeechobee
County Sheriff Paul May with a plaque on Wednesday that
thanked him for his support of the Gang Free Motorcycle
Rally held Nov. 10 & 11, as well as he support of the entire
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office.

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Okeechobee News/Eric Kopp

Arnold, Hurley honored
Dr. Patricia Cooper (left) recognized Okeechobee County
School Board chairman Joe Arnold (center) and Assistant
Superintendent of Instruction Mary Hurley (right) for their
accomplishments at the school board meeting held Tues-
day, Nov. 20.


By Margaret Wever
Associated Press Writer
The father of missing American
teenager Natalee Holloway will
relaunch a search for evidence of
her remains in waters off Aruba,
he said Thursday after police re-
arrested three suspects in her
:2005 disappearance.
While authorities searched the
sea to depths of 330 feet, Dave
Holloway told The Associated
Press that he believes his 18-year-
old daughter was thrown, into
deeper waters - a belief based
on talks with a police official and
a private forensic expert.
Holloway said a private boat
owner is providing divers, sonar
equipment and the ability to map
the ocean floor.
"It's like this: we've searched
all the land areas ... It's common
knowledge on the island that
if someone were to dispose of
the body, it would be out in the
ocean," he said by telephone
Holloway said he would alert
police on the Dutch Caribbean
island if anything is found.

Continued From Page 1
the trunk and then return to keep
Before entering your vehicle,
carefully check the front and rear
seats and floors for anyone that
may 'be hiding there. Lock your
doors immediately after enter-
ing the vehicle. Try to shop with
friends or relatives; there is safety
in numbers.
If you must take your children
when shopping, be sure to teach
them to go to a store clerk or se-
curity guard if you get separated.
In stores with shopping carts,
buckle small children in the cart
to keep them safe.
Once you return home the
safety measures do not stop.

Continued From Page 1
state's gang awareness program.
As for the scholarships, Sgt.
Stark said they will be given away
starting this year. Parameters de-
fining eligibility requirements for

Continued From Page 1
"I don't know what the cost
of CERP is right now because
the cost of land down there has
skyrocketed and the cost of con-
struction in South Florida has
also gone through the roof," Gary
Hardesty, the Everglades. resto-
ration chief for the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers, told the AP
on Tuesday.
Because of the uncertainty
over federal funding and a lack
of scientific data that the proj-
ects will actually work, Hardesty
said, the Corps is being forced to
adopt a slower, more deliberate
The project -- signed into law
by President Clinton with bipar-
tisan support -- called for the
construction of reservoirs, back-
filling of canals and rerouting of
water to rescue the fast-shrink-
ing Everglades and preserve the
remarkable variety of plants and
wildlife that inhabit it -- includ-
ing egrets, rare orchids, alligators
and panthers.
Eric Draper, policy director for
the conservation group Audubon
of Florida, was once optimistic
but now isn't so sure.
"The federal government sim-
ply isn't in a position now to be
able to afford the promises made
with Everglades restoration, and
the price just keeps going up,"

Okeechqbee News/Pete Gawda

Delivering Thanksgiving
Carol Spau, left, a driver with the Meals on Wheels pro-
gram of Okeechobee County Senior Services, delivers a
Thanksgiving Dinner to Claudine Paul. Mrs. Paul is one
of the about 180 senior citizens in Okeechobee who had
meals delivered to them on Wednesday.

father to search for evidence

Authorities announced
Wednesday they had found "new
incriminating evidence" and re-
arrested three men - Dutch'
student Joran van der Sloot and
brothers Satish and Deepak Kal-
poe of Suriname - on suspi-
cion of involvement in voluntary
manslaughter and causing seri-
ous bodily harm that resulted in
Holloway's death.
"I hope I'm not going to be
disappointed," Dave Holloway
said. "We've seen these arrests
and re-arrests in the past."
The 18-year-old from Moun-
tain Brook, Ala., was last seen
leaving a bar with the three men
on May 30, 2005, hours before
she was scheduled to fly home
with high school classmates cel-
ebrating their graduation.
A search by hundreds of vol-
unteers, soldiers, police and FBI
agents - even Dutch air force
planes - turned up no trace of
Van der Sloot and the Kalpoe
brothers were first detained in
June 2005, but they denied in-
volvement in the woman's death
and a judge later released them

Many people are avoiding the
lines of shopping in stores and
malls by doing their shopping
online. This creates another av-
enue for crime to occur.
Beware of criminals who
sometimes pose as couriers
delivering gifts. It is also not un-
common for people to try to take
advantage of others' generos-
ity during the holidays by going
door-to-door -for charitable do-
nations when there's no charity
involved. Be sure to ask for iden-
tification, and find out how the
funds will be used. If you aren't
satisfied, don't give. Help a chari-
table organization you know and
like instead.
If you are out for the evening,
be sure to secure your home
while you are away by turning
on the lights and a radio or TV so

the scholarships have not yet
been completed. The OCSO de-
tective said this will be complet-
ed by January 2008.
Sgt. Stark said the event
would not have been possible
without the support and help of
Okeechobee County Sheriff Paul
May and the rest of the sheriff's

Draper said. "The federal govern-
ment.is broke. The state has deep
budget shortfalls. Where's the
money going to come from?"
The Everglades once covered
4 million acres of swampland but
has shrunk to half its size over
the past 150 years because of
the building of dikes, dams and
homes in booming Florida and
the effects of the sugar cane fields
and other farms on its fringes.
The swampland that remains is
in ecological distress because of
pollution from urban runoff and
farm fertilizers.
The 2000 plan made the fed-
eral government and Florida 50-
50 partners in the project to heal
the River of Grass.
To date, the state has com-
mitted more than $2 billion and
pushed ahead alone with a few
projects -- including the building
of several reservoirs to store wa-
ter for use during dry spells -- in
the hope the Corps would catch
But in large part because of
the cost of the Iraq war and Hur-
ricane Katrina, Congress has ap-
propriated only several million
dollars. And the only work that
has been done on any of the
Corps' 68 projects has been on
In the meantime, wildlife
habitat continues to disappear.
Pollution is killing native plants
and allowing nonnative species
to invade.
Hardesty acknowledged that

for lack of evidence.
Van der Sloot, 20, was re-ar-
rested in the Netherlands, where
he was attending a university.
The Kalpoe brothers - Deepak
is 24, Satish, 21 - were taken
into custody in Aruba.
On Thursday, a Dutch judge
cleared the way for van der
Sloot's transfer to Aruba within
days, prosecutor Dop Kruimel
said in a telephone interview.
Van der Sloot's mother, Anita,
said by telephone that investiga-
tors had recently questioned her
family and that of the Kalpoe
"The 'questions they asked
were so obvious: things like,
'Why did Joran leave his shoes on
the beach?'" she said, referring to
the place where her son said he
kissed Holloway alone before
her disappearance. "I think it's
ridiculous after two-and-a-half
years to be doing this."
The brothers were expected
to make an initial appearance
in an Aruba court Friday, when
prosecutors were expected to
present the new evidence to a

it looks like someone's at home.
Be_,extra cautious about locking
doors and windows when you
leave, even if it's just for a few
minutes and don't display gifts
where they can be seen from
After the holidays, be cau-
tious when disposing of boxes
in which gifts came. Criminals
could target a house based on
their empty boxes that are dis-
played during the Christmas
week's trash pick up.
As you would in any time of
the year, if you are traveling get
an automatic timer for your lights
and ask a neighbor to watch your
home and park in the driveway
from time to time. Don't forget
to have mail and newspaper de-
livery stopped or make arrange-
ments for a friend or relative to

He also said without the help
and support of local individu-
als and groups the rally would
not have been a success. He said
those included: the Okeechobee
County Tourist Development
Council; the Okeechobee County
Economic Council; Keith Walpo-
le and Walpole Inc.; Mike Amber
of Steve's Tent City; Marc Sand-

"the state is way out in front of
us," and said the Corps will focus
more on smaller projects that
can be bundled together, instead
of huge undertakings.
That way, if funding disap-
pears because of some unfore-
seen event, such as another big
hurricane or a new war, the
Corps might still have something
to show for its efforts.
"What I do not want to have
happen is we start building the
68 components, and maybe the
money dries up and we've built
a reservoir out there but we can't
get water to it," he said. "I want
to make sure that when we build,
say, the first six or seven projects,
that they function and they work,
and if nothing else, and that's
all we do, I want to be proud of
Still, no construction can be-
gin on any of the projects until at
least 2009, he said.
"There's a lot of unknowns
out there," Hardesty said. "The
science is unproven. We've got
tremendous challenges."
And even with the new, more
deliberate plan, funding could be
hard to get.
Congress just passed a water
projects bill over President Bush's
veto that includes about $1.8 bil-
lion for Everglades restoration.
However, the bill only approves
the funds. It doesn't actually allo-
cate them. In fact, there are still
items in a 2000 water projects
bill that have yet to be funded by

They are being held in sepa-
rate jails, and Aruba's chief pros-
ecutor Hans Mos said prosecutors
believe they should be represent-
ed by separate attorneys to pre-
vent a conflict of interest.
The Kalpoes' attorney, David
Kock, did not return a call for
comment Thursday, but he told a
local radio station that the arrests
were "an action of despair."
"There was no reason for
their arrest now," he said. "We
will take all kinds of measures to
give our clients their freedom as
soon as possible."
In April, investigators from
the Netherlands dug around the
home of van der Sloot's family
for two days without revealing
what prompted the search. Then
in May, Dutch and Aruban inves-
tigators visited the home where
Deepak and Satish Kalpoe live
with their parents for what au-
thorities called an "inspection."
- Associated Press writers
David McFadden and Danica Coto
in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Mike
Corder in Amsterdam, Netherlands
contributed to this report.

pick it up for you. If it piles up, it's
,a sure sign you're gone a.nd an
open invitation to criminals.
The holidays are also a good
time to update, or create, a horoe
inventory. A home inventory con-
sists of taking photos or making
videos of belongings, and listing
descriptions and serial numbers.
If your home is burglarized, hav-
ing a detailed inventory can help
identify stolen items and make
insurance claims easier to file.
The holidays are supposed to
be filled with joy, use these safety
tips while spreading the holiday
cheer in order to keep you and
your family safe.
Post your opinions in the
Public Issues Forum at
Reporter Chauna Aguilar may be
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.

lin from Style Studio; Brandon
Baughman from Skull Hill Steel;
OCSO's Michele Bell, who helped
Sgt. Stark put the event together;
and, all the volunteers, vendors
and sponsors.
Sgt. Stark also expressed his
appreciation to the Okeechobee
community for attending the

"We'ie going to have to fight
for those funds," said Sen. Bill
Nelson, D-Fla. "We have been
trying for seven years to get these
projects authorized."
In the meantime, the state
has bought about 202,000 acres
of land in and around the Ever-
glades. But that represents only
about half the land that will have
to be acquired.
Because of rising real estate
prices, the delays in acquiring the
land are certain to prove costly.
In 2000, the cost of the land
was estimated at $2,000 an acre.
That has now soared to nearly
$20,000 because of popula-
tion growth and the building of
homes farther and farther inland,
said Carol Wehle, executive di-
rector of the South Florida Water
Management District, the state
agency in charge of restoration.
Eric Buermann, board chair-
man of the water agency, said he
wonders if the project will ever
be done.
"There are a lot of other com-
peting interests for the money.
We have the Iraq war. We have
the rebuilding of New Orleans,"
Buermann said. "And the Ever-
glades continues to suffer. Who
knows how long it can last with-
out some real substantial resto-
ration efforts? We can't stop the

Okeechobee Forecast
Friday: Mostly cloudy, with a chance of showers. The high will
be around 80. The win&d'ill be from the northwest around 5 mph
'-shifting to the north at 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. The chance of
rain is 40 percent.
Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a chance of showers. The low
will be in the lower 60s. The wind will be from the north around 5
mph. The chance of rain is 30 percent.

Extended Forecast

Saturday: Considerable cloudiness, with a chance of showers.
The high will be around 80. The wind will be from the northeast at 5
to 10trmph shifting to the east around 10 mph in the afternoon. The
chance of rain is 40 percent.
Saturday night: Considerable cloudiness, with a chance of
showers. The low will be in the lower 60s. The chance of rain is 30
; Sunday: Partly sunny. The high will be in the mid 80s.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a slight chance of showers.
The low will be in the lower 60s. The chance of rain is 20 percent.
Monday: Partly cloudy. The high will be in the mid 80s.
Monday night: Considerable cloudiness. The low will be in the
upper 60s.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy. The high will be in the mid 80s.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy. The low will be in the lower 60s.
Wednesday: Partly sunny. The high will be in the lower 80s.


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News Briefs

Toy drive set for Dec. 1
The Old Men Riders are sponsoring a Toy Drive for Big Lake Mis-
sions Outreach by having a 125 mile bike ride around the lake on
Dec. 1. They are asking businesses, churches and individuals to
sponsor each participating bike. All bikes are welcome. The money
raised will go to Big Lake Missions Outreach. They will meet in the
movie theatre parking lot at 8 a.m. For information call Gene Roden-
berry at (863) 610-1841 or Big Lake Missions Outreach at (863) 763-

Holiday Tour of Homes planned
The 2007 Holiday Tour of Homes will take place on Friday, Nov.
30, 2007 and Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007 from 6 pm until 9 p.m. both
evenings. Tickets are now on sale at Raulerson Hospital and at Su-
zie's Hallmark Gift Shop in the Publix Shopping Center. Tickets are
available for only $12 for the self tour and $25 for the bus tour. Bus
tour tickets can be purchased at the hospital. For more information,
please call Bill Casian at 824-2702.

Moose Legionnaires hold annual fundraiser
The Okeechobee Loyal Order of Moose, Legionnaires are again
holding their annual Koeze Nut "Fundraiser" for food baskets for
the less fortunate. Order forms and catalogs may be picked up at the
Stitchin' Post, 620 S. Parrott Ave., see Paul at the Lodge, 159 N.W.
36"' St., (863) 763-4954 or call Paul Diamond P.G. Fund Chairman at
(863) 467-1484 to order.

VFW #9528 Auxiliary sponsors Toys for Tots
The Ladies Auxiliary V.F.W Post 9528 in Buckhead Ridge is spon-
soring Toys for Tots Program. This will be for our local children;
Buckhead Ridge and Okeechobee. New toys may be dropped off at
V.FW. Post 9528 in Buckhead Ridge. No clothing please. For infor-
mation call Annie at (863) 357-0467.

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Countdown to

Big Lake Missions
sponsors toy drive
The Big Lake Missions out-
reach is currently sponsoring
their 13"' annual Christmas Toy
Drive for the underprivileged
children in Okeechobee County,
now through Dec. 20. They are
requesting gifts and toys ranging
in age from baby to teen. Also
they need donations of turkey's,
hams and all of the trimmings for
Christmas dinners. Your family
workplace can adopt a family by
calling us at (863) 763-5725. The
mission works one on one with
families who are out of work, sick
or just falling on hard times. The
gifts are given to the parents) to
wrap and place under the tree for
Christmas morning. Big Lake Mis-
sions Outreach will accept store
gift certificates, checks made pay-
able to the mission, or cash and
the volunteers will shop for the
items needed. Receipts are avail-
able. Please make checks pay-
able to: Big Lake Missions Out-
reach and mail to P.O. Box 1663
or call (863) 763-5725 or (863)

Retired Educators have
Christmas ornaments
The Okeechobee Retired
Educators Association Christmas
ornaments are on sale. Orna-
ments are 24 karat gold on brass.
On sale are the 2006 Ornament
- First Brick School, and 2007 Or-
nament - Southland Hotel. Each
ornament is numbered, limited
edition. A certificate includes his-
torical information. Ornaments
are $15 each. All funds go to their
scholarship fund. To purchase
ornaments, call Gay Carlton at
(863) 763-5755, Kay McCool at
(863) 763-2829, Regina Hamrick
at (863) 763-8865, Marion Da-
vis at (863) 763-3991 or Paulette
Whipple at (863) 467-2487.

Tree Lighting
set for Nov. 27
Nov. 27 beginning at 5:30 p.m.
the Annual Christmas Tree Light-
ing Ceremony will be held in City
Hall Park. Okeechobee County
School's Chorus Group will be
participating in this year's events.
Santa will also be attending. For
information call (863) 763-3372.

Santa at
City Hall Park
Santa will be in the City Park
on Nov. 27, following the Lighting
Ceremony and on the following
dates; Nov. 28 through 30, and
Dec. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12 and
13, from 6 until 8 p.m. The park
is next to City Hall, where the tree
lighting ceremony is held. Pic-
tures with Santa will be available
and goody bags will be given to
the children. For information call
(863) 763-3372.

cookie sale
The Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave., will
hold it's annual Christmas cookie
sale on Dec. 8, from 8 a.m. to 2
p.m. in the fellowship hall. For
more information contact Anne
Brough at (863) 763-4228 or Betsy
Cheney at (863) 357-0465.

Mainstreet: Christmas
window contest
The Okeechobee Main Street
3rd Annual window decorating
contest will be held. Businesses
will need to have windows deco-
rated before the City's Tree Light-
ing Ceremony on Nov. 27. Judging
will be held on Dec. 8. The winner
will receive a plaque. For informa-
tion call Okeechobee Main Street
at (863) 357-MAIN (6246).

Christmas Parade
is planned
The Okeechobee Chamber
of Commerce Lighted Christmas
Parade will be held on Dec. 8 at
5:30 p.m. along with a craft show
in parks 2 and 3. For information
call (863) 763-3372.

Kiwanis Santa
in park
The Kiwanis Club will host
Santa in the Park again this year.

Santa will be in Park 4 on Dec. 8
following the Christmas Parade
and also on Dec. 14, 15, 17, 18,
19, 20, 21, 22, and 23 from 6 until
8 p.m. For information call (863)

Santa on
the Fire Truck
Santa Claus will be on the fire
truck on Dec. 20 in the Northwest
and Northeast section of the City,
Dec. 21 in the S.E. section of the
City and Dec. 22 in the S.W sec-
tion of the City. For information
call (863) 763-3372.

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Making a list
Sheriff Paul May and John Keopke remind us that Santa is making a list and checking it

Keep your shopping spirits bright

(ARA) - Ah, the holidays: the
joy, the snow, the rush ... the
frustration, the crowds, the bad-
tempers, the rudeness! 'Tis the
season to be jolly, but how do
you survive the holiday shopping
season while keeping your spirits
bright at the same time?
Peggy Post, author of "Em-
ily Post's Etiquette" and 1-800-
FLOWERS.COM's etiquette ex-
pert offers 10 ideas:
1. Smile, Smile, Smile -- You
can't do it enough. Your face -
- and your soul -- will thank you
for it.
2. Lose the 'Bah Humbug!' at-
titude. Yes, it will be crowded and
there will be lines, but don't let
that dampen the season's joie de
3. "Please, Thank You and
You're Welcome." Make this your
mantra and you will smooth the
way for better service and create

a kinder, gentler atmosphere all
4. Be gracious. You have
circled the lot for the fifth time
when you spy a space, only to
see that someone else is already
waiting for it. Be gracious. It's the
right thing to do.
5. A little patience, please.
Whether it's the checkout coun-
ter or airline counter, the rules
are the same: first come, first
served, one at a time.
6. Friendliness. Say "hello"
to the harried clerk behind the
counter and don't forget to smile.
It will make a difference in her at-
titude and could be the best part
of her day!
7. Complain to the proper
person. Yelling at a salesclerk be-
cause a store is out of an adver-
tised item only makes you look
foolish and rude. Ask to speak to
the manager. Frame your com-

plaint clearly and simply and no
venting, please.
8. Cell phones: They're useful
when trying to find out your Aunt
Mary's glove size, but turn them
off when you are working with a
sales clerk or checking out at a
9. Shopping with children:
Don't! It's best to arrange to
leave your children home when
it comes to holiday shopping. If
they must accompany you, make
sure they are well-rested and fed,
and bring along some small toy
to keep their attention.
10. Don't forget the lights -
- traffic lights, that is! People are
distracted this time of year. Stop
at the red lights and use your turn
signals to alert other harried, dis-
tracted shoppers.
Make this truly a season to be
jolly and take the stress out of



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Community Events

Heritage Financial offers homebuyers classes
A first-time Homebuyer Education class is being offered on Nov.
28. from 6 until 7 p.m. at Heritage Financial Services located at 309
S.W. Park St. Okeechobee. Please call to reserve your seat at (863)
467-8899. The class will cover the residential application process
and credit guidelines needed to obtain loan approval. A fee of $25
will be charged to cover the prequalification and credit report cost.

Coffee Klatch scheduled
The Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce Coffee Klatch will be
Nov. 29 at 8 a.m. at Soaps & Scents, 118 S.E. Park St. (across from
the Chamber of Commerce). Refreshments will be provided. For
information, call (863) 357-2368.

4-H plans yard sale
The Okeechobee 4-H County Council will be holding a fundrais-
er yard sale on Saturday, Dec 1. The yard sale will be in the parking
lot of Mims Veterinary Hospital at 275 S.W 32nd St., Okeechobee.
The sale will run from 8 a.m. until noon.

Civil War re-enactment planned
The seventh annual Civil War re-enactment about the raid on
Fort Pierce will be held Dec. 1 & 2 at the Shvannas Recreation Area,
1400 E. Midway Road, in Fort Pierce. On Saturday, camps will be
open to the public from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and battles will be
held throughout the day with the main battle being staged at 2 p.m.
On Sunday, camps will be open to the public from 9 a.m. until 3
p.m., with the main battle starting at 1 p.m. Other activities include
living history demonstrations, Sutler's Row, Civil War camps, Ladies
Tea, blacksmith and more. Admittance costs are $3 for adults and
$1 for children. Kids under the age of 6 will be admitted free. For
information: contact Anita Errico-Smith at (772) 465-7608, or by e-
mail at civilwargal@cs.com; or, Lou Rausch at (772) 359-6541, or,
Greyriderl863@aol.com. All proceeds from the event will go to the
St. Lucie County Sheriff's Explorer Post #400.

11 t annual fashion show and luncheon
Tickets are now available for the 11th Annual Fashion Show and
Luncheon sponsored by Okeechobee Chapter No. 128, Order of
the Eastern Star. The event will be held Saturday, Dec. 1, at the KOA
Resort. The event features a delicious luncheon and our spectacular
Tea Cup Auction with an abundance of beautiful gifts and gift bas-
kets to be won. The doors will open at 11 a.m.'and lunch will be
served at 11:45 a.m. Tickets are $10 per person. No tickets will be
sold at the door. This is the holiday event of the season you won't
want to miss so reserve your ticket by calling our Ticket Chairman,
Dolores Anchors at (863) 467-1392 or any member of Okeechobee
Chapter No. 128.

Red Cross class dates slated
The Okeechobee American Red Cross will be offering the fol-
lowing classes in December at their Branch office: Thursday, Dec.
6 - First Aid Basics at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 - Infant/Child CPR
at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 - Adult CPR at 6 p.m. To register or for
more information call (863) 763-2488.

Annual golf tournament planned
Communities In Schools/Police Athletic League will sponsor their
eighth annual golf tournament on Saturday, Dec. 1. The event will
be held at the Okeechobee Golf & Country Club and will get under
way at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start. The entry fee is $45 per person
or $180 per team. There will be awards and prizes given to teams
finishing first, eighth and next to last. There will also be a chicken
and barbecue ribs lunch. Hole and tee sponsorships are still avail-
able. For information, call (863) 462-5863 or (863) 697-6541

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Letters to the Editor

The world is guilty
This world is full of people
with conflicting viewpoints and
opinions. Some are quite contro-
One such argument address-
es the guilty parties who were
responsible for the crucifixion
of Jesus Christ. Some say it was
the Jews who killed him, while
others declare it was the Romans
who nailed the savior of mankind

to the cross. Both declarations
are right and both are wrong!
The Jewish citizens accused
him of blasphemy and cried
"crucify him!" Then, the Roman
soldiers nailed him to a cross,
where he died. But if you truly
want to see who killed the "Lord
of Glory," you need only look in
the mirror. It was his love for you
and I that cost Jesus his life. He
shed his blood to buy us back
to God. He paid a debt he didn't

Upcoming Events

Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday for an open discus-
sion meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee,
2303 Parrott Ave., The Lake Shops Suite K. For information, call
(863) 634-4780 or (863) 467-5474.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. The public is in-
vited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight.
and becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to come and
see what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at
(800) 932-8677.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W Second St. It will be an open meeting.
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their
dance every Friday, from 7:00 until 10:00 p.m. at the Sebring Lions
Club on Sebring Parkway, one mile east of U.S. 27 in Sebring. Tick-
ets are $5 for members and $6 for guests. For information, call (863)
471-0559 or (863) 385-6671.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W. Third Terr., holds meetings
for persons with alcohol and drug related problems at 6 p.m. For
information call (863) 357-3053.
Okeechobee Christian Cycles will meet every Saturday at
7:30 a.m. at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave. A ride will
follow a short business meeting. Anyone is welcome to ride twice
before joining. For information, contact: Roland Spencer at (863)
697-2247; Debbie Izzo at (863) 634-6257; or, Holly Stewart at (863)
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. for an open discussion
at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 2303 Parrott Ave., The
Lake Shops Suite K. For information call (863) 634-4780.
A.A. meets from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour, 200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Narcotics Anonymous woman's step study meeting at 7 p.m.
at the Just for Today club, 2303 S. Hwy 441, Suite K. For more infor-
mation please call (863) 634-4780.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the United Meth-
odist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Foster Parent Orientation will be hosted by the Hibiscus
Children's Center on the last Monday of every month from 6 until
7 p.m. The orientation is for those interested in fostering or adopt-
ing in Okeechobee County. This meeting requires no RSVP and is a
question/answer forum. It will be at the IRCC Okeechobee Campus,
2229 N.W. Ninth Ave. For information, call the Foster Care Program
at 1-(800) 403-9311.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at
the Just for Today club, 2303 S. Hwy 441, Suite K. For information
call (863) 634-4780.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone
who enjoys singing is invited. For information or to schedule an ap-
pearance for your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner at
(863) 532-0449.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Turn left at the
Moose lodge and go around the curve just past the church. Bring a
lunch and join us for a fun day of applique. Everyone is welcome.
For more information please contact Karen Graves at (863) 763-
Nicotine Anonymous (NICA)is starting a new club with meet-
ings to be held at the Just For Today club, 2303 U.S. Hwy 441 S.E.,
Suite K, on Mondays from 8:30 until 9:30 p.m. For information, call
Steve Condit Sr. at (863) 801-3110.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon
at Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are
open to the public. For information, contact Chad Rucks at (863)
New AA Meeting in Basinger: There is now an AA meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Breth-
ren Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200
N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at
10 a.m. at the Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in
Okeechobee. Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid
Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St.
Anyone interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome
to attend. There is. Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index),
Social Security Death Index and military information available. For
information, call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at
the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For infor-
mation, call (863) 467-9055.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is
invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For in-
formation, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30
p.m. in the fellowship hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only
meeting. For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many
Bible truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that
enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For informa-
tion, contact Dr. Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.
AA. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meet-
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Span-
ish groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian
Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator.
Another group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Depart-
ment, 1798 N.W Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as
the group facilitator. There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m.
with Shirlean Graham as the facilitator. For information, call (863)

The Bible says only his sinless
body and blood could be the su-
preme sacrifice for all of human-
The creation he had formed
from dust to fellowship with
him would someday nail him to
a tree, the very tree he had cre-
ated. He even made provisions
for his executioners to have sal-
vation. Now that is love.
Who is to blame for the death

of Jesus Christ? The whole world
stands guilty. Nobody today
wants to take responsibility for
their deeds, they pass the buck.
Adam blamed Eve, she blamed
the serpent and so it is with our
We can find the truth in the
reflection of our mirror. We cru-
cified Christ because of our indi-
vidual sins.

Rosemary Duvall

Community Events

Parenting classes offered
Free parenting classes are held every Monday from 7 until 8 p.m.
at New Endeavor High School. Classes include topics about chil-
dren from birth to teens. For information or to have an interpreter
available call Lori Jaquith at (863) 697-6320 or (863) 462-5000, ext.

Radio Club to host hamfest
The Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club will be hosting a ham-
fest on Saturday, Nov. 24, at Freedom Ranch, 11655 U.S. 441 S.E.
Okeechobee. Gate will open at 8 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. There will
be free parking, free tailgate with paid admission, door prizes, cof-
fee and doughnuts and a catfish dinner as well as drinks, hotdogs,
and hamburgers will be available. Admission is $5. For information
call Harry Robbins at (863) 467-7454 or go to www.joshosterman.

Talk show about Stress around holidays
Tara Martin, the community relations specialist of the 211 of Palm
Beach and the Treasure Coast will speak on WWFR 91.7 FM on Sat-
urday, Nov. 24, at 7:30 a.m. and rebroadcast at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
concerning stress and the holiday blues; isolated and lonely seniors;
and the nationwide 24-hour, 7-days a week information, referral,
counseling and suicide intervention hotline. For more information
contact 211 or (866) 882-2991 or visit www.21 Itreasurecoast.org.

Festival of Trees scheduled
Hospice of Okeechobee will again sponsor the Festival of Trees.
The event features a display of 100 ornately decorated trees and
other Christmas items. Admission to the Festival of Trees and The
Country Store is free. Hours are 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. weekdays, and
noon until 5 p.m. on the weekends. The Festival of Trees will be
running from Monday, Nov. 26, until Sunday, Dec. 2. It is held at
the Blue Volunteer Building next to The Hamrick Home, 411 S.E.
Fourth St. For information, contact Cathy at (863) 467-2321 or (863)

Garden Club to hold meeting
Are you a veggie grower or are flowers your thing? Just learning
or an old hand? Need to learn more or want to share ideas or help
others? This is the club for you. This month Dan Culbert will show
you the gardens of Costa Rica on Monday, Nov. 26 at 6 p.m. at The
Okeechobee County Extension Office, 458 U.S. 98. For informa-
tion, call (863) 763-6469.

Mighty Sprouts to meet
The 4-H Mighty Sprouts meeting for the month of November
will be on Monday, Nov. 26, at the County Extension Office from 5
until 7 p.m. There will be no meeting on Nov. 12 due to the holiday.
The class will be making beautiful magnolia blossom centerpieces
for their holiday tables. If you have any questions about the Mighty
Sprouts club, please call the extension office at (863)763-6469.

Orchid club host guest speaker
The Okeechobee Orchid Club will host guest speaker, Gary
Bailey, on Monday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Extension Office, 458
U.S. 98 N. Mr. Bailey has been growing orchids for twelve years,
assisting commercial growers in many of the big shows. He will
speak on the best way to care for your orchid when you first bring it
home. If you have a plant that is not doing well, bring it to the meet-
ing and Mr. Bailey will help you analyze your orchid's problem. For
information, please call the extension office at (863) 763-6469.

Mainstreet holds monthly mixer
Okeechobee Main Street's November Mixer will be hosted by
Syble's Flowers and Gifts on Tuesday Nov. 27 from 5 until 7 p.m.
The Mixer will feature the mega 50/50, door prizes and light re-
freshments. The public is invited. Join us at Syble's located at 119
South Parrott Ave. For more information, contact Program Manager
Karen Hanawalt at (863) 357-MAIN (6246).

Carrie Sue Ayvar will be at Library
Carrie Sue Ayvar, Storyteller and Chautauqua Scholar, will por-
tray, "Doc Anner: Petticoat Doctor of the Everglades, 1876-1959" at
the Okeechobee County Library on Friday, Nov. 30 at, 7 p.m. This
program is sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council and is
free and open to the public. The Okeechobee Historical Society will
provide old-fashioned refreshments following the program.

Toy drive for Big Lake Missions Outreach
The Old Men Riders are sponsoring a Toy Drive for Big Lake
Missions Outreach by having a 125 mile bike ride around the lake
on Dec. 1. and is asking businesses, churches and individuals to
sponsor each participating bike. All bikes are welcome. The mon-
ey raised will go to Big Lake Missions Outreach. We will meet in
the movie theatre parking lot at 8 a.m. For information, call Gene
Rodenberry at (863) 610-1841 or Big Lake Missions Outreach at
(863) 763-5725.

Hospice offers lunch to medical staff
Hospice of Okeechobee will be serving lunch to all medical staff
in Okeechobee on Thursday Nov. 29, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The
event is free and lunch will be served at the Festival of Trees at the
Blue Volunteer Building next to The Hamrick Home on 411 S.E.
Fourth St. Your Hometown Hospice staff would like to thankyou for
all that you do to help those in need of medical care in our commu-
nity. To RSVP, contact Cathy at (863) 467-2321 or (863) 697-1995.

Hospice plans yard sale
Hospice will have a special week-long yard sale from Monday,
Nov. 26, until Friday, Nov. 30, from 9 a.m. until noon. In addition,
you will have the opportunity to view the beautiful Christmas trees
that are part of the Festival of Trees. Admission to the Festival of
Trees is free. The yard sale will be held outdoors near the Blue Vol-
unteer Building next to Hospice of Okeechobee, 411 S.E. Fourth
St. For information, contact Cathy at (863) 467-2321 or (863) 697-

Library book club meets
Friends of the Okeechobee Library Book Club will meet at 7
p.m. in the Library Board room on the following dates to discuss
the title for the month. This meeting is open and free to the public.
Meetings and topics are as follows: Thursday, Nov. 29, "The Glass
Castle, by Jeanette Wall," and Thursday, Dec. 20, "The Humming-
bird's Daughter," by Luis Alberto Urrea. The group will meet at
6:30 for our annual Christmas tea with the discussion at 7 p.m. on
Thursday, Jan. 24, "Mademoiselle Benoir," by Christine Conrad. For
information call Jan Fehrman at (863) 357-9980.


Okeechobee News, Friday, November 23, 2007


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Hello in there
Two painters are in silhouette against the midday sky as
they work on the courthouse annex entrance. The Glades
County courthouse and annex are getting some repairs

Curfew ordinance

topic of public hearing

Youth 18
and under face
curfew countywide

By Nena Bolan
Glades County Democrat
Glades County -- The coun-
ty meeting of Nov. 13 saw a
public hearing for the Glades
County Juvenile Curfew Ordi-
nance which was suggested by
Sheriff Stuart Whiddon.
Chapter 877 of Florida Stat-
utes authorizes counties to
adopt an ordinance that estab-
lishes a curfew for minors and
Glades County is carefully con-
sidering the measure.
The curfew is intended to
protect minors from harm
and victimization, to uphold
the well-being and safety of
minors, and to decrease the
crime and violence committed
by some minors.
The ordinance would apply
to minors up to the age of 18,
and restrict them from being
on the streets, in public plac-
es or establishments from 11
p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through
Thursday. The curfew hours
for evenings on Friday, Satur-
day, ahd legal holidays will be
- from.12:01 a.m. to 6 a.m.
The ordinance includes re-
strictions on minors who have
been suspended or expelled
from school. These minors
may not remain in a public
place, in an establishment, or
within 1,000 feet of a school
during the hours of 9 a.m. to 2
p.m. on any school day.
The curfew ordinance has
been approved pending re-
search by Richard Pringle,
county attorney, in order to
study the wording of the state
statute and to see that it is
appropriate to the particular
needs of Glades County.
The document will be pre-
sented to the board upon com-
Another issue on the agen-
da concerned the legislative
delegation meeting of Nov.
19. After much discussion and

counseling from county gov-
ernment lobbyists, the county
commissioners have approved
specific projects to be present-
ed to state legislators at the
The items and their values
are: Waste water treatment
plant, $1.4 million, courthouse
restoration, $750,000; and
Glades County public health
building design and construc-
tion, $4.2 million.
In addition to these items the
following subjects will also be
addressed: Lake Okeechobee
access, gaming revenues, the
Muse water project and the Or-
tona hurricane shelter.
. Over the last several months
Wendell Taylor, county man-
ager, and Richard Pringle, city
attorney, have been engaged
in discussion with Waste Man-
agement to see if preparations
for an agreement could be
made concerning purchase of
the construction and demoli-
tion (C&D) disposal site north
of Moore Haven.
Waste Management wants
to extend the height of the site
from 65 feet to 150 feet. Ac-
cording to county officials the
C&D has already been ap-
proved by judicial directive.
Under the agreement the
county will be paid $60,000
per year for inspection, $1.5
million lump sum at time of
all permits, 50 cents per ton
for the,first 9.6 million tons
(amounting to $4.8 million),
and $1 per ton above 9.6 mil-
lion tons (amounting to $8 mil-
"Mr. Taylor has worked
very hard for additional tonage
fees," said Richard Pringle.
Plans for landscaping the
disposal site include a buffer
of cedar trees. Upon closure
of the site a scenic overlook
will be constructed on it to in-
clude public access, a pavilion
and other passive recreational
Staff writer Nena Bolan
can be reached at

Glades County Roundup

Christmas on the
Christmas on the Caloosa-
hatchee will be Thursday, Dec.
13, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.
at the Tom Perry City Park in
Moore Haven. Christmas on the
Caloosahatchee is an annual
festival sponsored by Moore
Haven Elementary school and
the City of Moore Haven. There
will be many food booths, game

booths, craft booths, and local
entertainment throughout the
night. Come and enjoy the fun
and entertainment and view all
of the wonderful decorations
on display in the park! Anyone
interested in having a. booth
or providing entertainment
a Christmas on the Caloosa-
hatchee should contact Felinda
Langdale or Susan Prowant at
(863) 946-0737 at Moore Haven
Elementary School.

Buckhead residents did their homework

GC sends Pearce
canal resolution

By Nena Bolan
Glades County Democrat
13 the board of county commis-
sioners approved a resolution
requesting South Florida Water
Management District to clean and
maintain the Pearce Canal as a
a safe and navigable system that
reaches the big lake.
For the past year the drought
and competition for water in south
Florida has left Glades County
communities without access to
Lake Okeechobee. This has had a
detrimental impact on local busi-
ness and property owners.
Buckhead Ridge residents felt
that their fishing community and
neighborhood canal system were
especially crippled by the rock
bottom level of the Pearce Canal
Most of the homes have a ca-
nal access right in their backyards,
or have access to a nearby a boat
ramp. According to residents, their
property has lost its value because
Buckhead Ridge was noted as a
fishing haven with lovely water
birds and quick access to fishing
hot spots.
Recently though, it has the im-
age of grounded boats and dry,
canals filled with tall grass.
Thete are other canals in Glades
County with similar navigation
problems such as the Old Moore
Haven Canal. Many residents had
asked local government for as-
sistance in appealing to SFWMD
and the Corps of Engineers (COE)
for cleaning and maintaining the
canals which were created as a
route for watercraft.
Residents wanted to rescue
the recreation-based economy of
their communities. The low water
levels are not a new problem for
Buckhead Ridge, especially in the
The situation had increasingly
become worse.
On June 25, a county commis-

sioner meeting took place with
representatives from SFWMD,
COE and Senator J.D. Alexander's
office. County government and
residents tried to establish who
owns the canals, and who is re-
sponsible for maintaining these
navigation routes. Representatives
from state agencies were unable
to say who was to be held ac-
countable for maintainence.
Glades County found itself
dry-docked by the bureaucracy of
state government.
So Buckhead Ridge property
owners like Maureen Bradley,
Floyd Driggers and John O'Neil
did their homework and re-
searched the history of canal
ownership through old state and
county documents.
They presented their findings
to the board in a resolution that
places the Pearce Canal under the
jurisdiction of SFWMD.
"It is important for the entire
county," said Commissioner Rus-
sell Echols.
Other canal restoration proj-
ects have been undertaken by Mr.
Echols who sits on the panel of
the Ten County Coalition. Many
hope this will be the start of re-
storing recreational tourism, and
of allowing residents to enjoy the
beauty of their chosen home.
The Glades County resolution
respectfully asks SFWMD to open
and clean the Pearce Canal of
debris and to make it a safe, navi-
gable route.
This includes removing silt and
bottom material to obtain a water
depth equal to the level of Lake
Okeechobee nearest the lakeside
end of the Pearce Canal.
The resolution also calls for the
SFWMD to maintain safe naviga-
tion between Lake Okeechobee
Buckhead Ridge Lock 127 via the
Pearce Canal.
County commissioners have
welcomed the volunteer efforts of
civic minded citizens.
"These people have done a
lot of work and found out these
canals are owned by water man-
agement. They wouldn't claim it
until Maureen Bradley did the re-
search," said Commissioner Rob-

Child dies in car accident

Vehicle overturns
on C.R. 731
By Nena Bolan
Glades County Democrat
MUSE -- Florida Highway
Patrol officials report that a 4-
year-old child was killed in a
one vehicle roll over accident
on C.R. 731, five miles north
of C.R. 720 in the Muse area of
Glades County.
The incident took place on
Saturday morning, Nov. 17.
The driver, Timothy James
Allen, 21, was headed north
on the unpaved road when he
lost control and the car began
to fishtail.
The vehicle rotated counter-
clockwise as it entered a ditch on
the west side and overturned.
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Tera Skipper, 4, was an unre-
strained passenger in the front
right seat, and she was ejected
when the vehicle rolled over,
according to officials with FHP.
As a result of her injuries,
Tera Skipper was pronounced
dead at the scene.
The driver was not wearing
a seat belt and received minor
injuries. A second passenger in
the rear left seat, Colton Skip-
per, 2, was wearing a seatbelt.
The press release did not report
any injuries to the two year old.
Authorities will investigate if
the use of alcohol was a fac-
tor in the accident, according to
Corporal J. Rongish, FHP.
Charges may be pending.
Staff writer Nena Bolan can be
reached at nenabolan@yahoo.com

ert Giesler.
Residents and local govern-
ment must wait for SFWMD to
respond to the resolution.

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Service Clubs Events

American Legion
Post #64
The American Legion Post #64
is located at 501 S.E. Second St.
The Post phone number is (863)
* American Legion Post #64 is
open Monday to Saturday from 11
a.m. until 8 p.m. and Sunday from
I until 9 p.m.
* Our kitchen is open and serv-
ing a regular menu. The hours of
operation are: Monday through
Friday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.;
Wednesday, tacos and margaritas
served from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.
with David Copper from 3 until 6
p.m.; Sunday from 4 until 9 p.m.
* Sunday: sports on big
screen TV Quarter-pound hot
dogs, pizza and $1 draft beer will
be offered. David Copper from 4
until 7 p.m.
* Bingo is held every Saturday
and Sunday night starting at 6:30
p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.
* The Sons of the American Le-
gion steak dinner will be held on
the third Sunday of each month
from 3 until 6 p.m. The dinner
will include steak, baked potato,
salad, dessert, coffee and tea.
* Friday night dinners have
resumed. Dinners will be served
from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m.
* It is time to pay your dues for
the Legion and Auxiliary.
* We are planning a Christ-
mas party for children and a
party for veterans in the nurs-
ing home.
* We are planning a free din-
ner for everyone who has paid
their dues by Nov. 1.
* Dec. 15 from 2 until 4 p.m.
Lipsinc starts again.

Am-Vets #2001
* Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold
a regular informational meeting
on the first Saturday of the month
at the Buckhead Ridge VFW Post
#9528, 2002 U.S. 78 W, at 10
a.m. Applications for new mem-
bers are available. Call Lou Eder
at (863) 357-0467 or Jerry Lee
Shields at (863) 467-8779 or (863)
* Am-Vets Ladies Auxiliary
meetings are the first Saturday of
the month at 10 am. Contact the
Post at 467-2882 for information.

Eagles Aeries #4137
Eagles Aeries #4137 is located
at 9983 U.S. 441 N. For informa-
tikn on events, call (863) 763-
* Every Tuesday bingo at 1
p.m. Food will be available for a
* Wednesday: bar bingo
from 4 p.m. until ? Food will be
* Every Thursday: washer toss
at 1 p.m.
* First and third Thursday:
Auxiliary at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7
* Friday: steak night (16-oz.)
starting at 5 p.m. for a $12 do-
nation. Music will be by Jimmy
* Saturday and Sundays: mu-
sic at 7 p.m.
* First and third Sunday:
breakfast cooked to order from 9
until 11 a.m. for $5 donation.

Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge #237
The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge is located at 107 N,W Fifth
Ave. For information about the
club and events, call Matt Buxton
at (863) 357-9992.

* The Masonic Lodge holds
their meetings on the second and
fourth Monday of each month
starting at 7:30 p.m.

Order of the Eastern
Star - Chapter #128
The Order of the Eastern Star
has many fun activities planned
on the first and third Tuesday of
each month. For upcoming ac-
tivities, contact Mary Ann Holt at
(863) 634-8087.

B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S.
78 W. in Buckhead Ridge. The
Lodge's phone number is (863)
* Sunday: breakfast will be
served from 9 until 11 a.m.
* Sunday: Karaoke with open
mic and free food at 7:30 p.m.
* Monday: Monday night
football with free food. Come en-
joy the game at 7 p.m.
* Wednesday: cards and
games social at 7 p.m. If you have
a game you wish to play, bring it.
* Thursday: dinner will be
served from 5 until 7:15 p.m. Call
the Lodge for the menu.
* Thursday: karaoke night
starting at 7 p.m.
* Friday: dinner served from
5 until 7:15 p.m. Music for danc-
ing at 7:30 p.m. Call to see who
is playing.
* Saturday: dinner from 6
p.m. until ? Call for the menu.
* Saturday: karaoke night
starting at 8 p.m.
* Saturday, Nov. 24: Kara-
oke at 8 p.m. Nov. 17 at 6 p.m.
Hobo Hoe Down Dinner, bring
your best Hobo stews, soup, chili
and fixings. Lodge will have bis-
cuits. Music at 7:30 p.m. and at 8
a.m. Lodge Garage sale. Bring un-
wanted items for this sale with a
hog roast dinner from 5 until 7:15
p.m. to follow.
* No bingo for the rest of the

Family Center #1753
The Moose Family Center
#1753 is located at 156 N.W. 36th
St. in Okeechobee. The lodge dur-
ing the summer will be noon un-
til 8 p.m., or later. For information
and meal menus, call the Lodge
at (863) 763-4954. Guests are in-
vited, to enjoy the activities and
consider membership. The main
hall is open for activities.
* Breakfast first Sunday of ev-
ery month from 8 to 11 a.m.
* Every Monday evening-pool
and poker tournaments.
* LOOM meets every second
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
* WOTM meets every second
and fourth Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
* Officers meetings, men and
women, are the first and third
Tuesday at 7 p.m.
* LOOM officers meeting first
and third Tuesday at 7 p.m.
* Every Thursday and Sunday:
horseshoes at 2 p.m.
* Every Thursday: $5 supper
and women's fun night. Line
dancing lessons.
* Every Thursday: Moose Le-
gion bingo and lunch at 1 p.m.
* Every Sunday: horseshoes at
2 p.m.; free pool games all day.
* Bar bingo Friday at 6:30 p.m.
Dinner $3 starts at 5:30 p.m.
* Every Saturday:- dinner at
5:30 p.m. for a $7 donation.
* Moose Races Saturday at 2
* Watch for yard sale

VFW Post #4423
The VFW North Post #4423 is
located at 300 N.W 34 St. Events
are seasonal, contact the Post at
(863) 763-0818 for information or
write the Post at P.O. Box 1137,
Okeechobee Fl. 34973. The Post
opens at noon Monday through
* Monday through Thursday:
happy hour from 4 until 6 p.m.
* Monday: .50-cent hot dogs
* Washer toss every Tuesday
starting at 1 p.m. Food will be
available. Everyone is welcome.
* Wednesday: dinner from 4
until 6 p.m. for a donation.
* Friday: bingo starts at I p.m.
for members and guests. Food
will be available. Karaoke will be
from 6 until 10 p.m.
* Friday: hot food by David
Lee from 5 until 8 p.m.
* Saturday: bar bingo at 1
p.m. for members and guests. Ka-
raoke will be from 6 until 10 p.m.
Food will be available.
* Sunday: dinner will be
available from 2 until 4 p.m., and
will be followed by karaoke from
6 until 10p.m.
* Every third Sunday there will
be a post meeting and ladies aux-
iliary meeting at 11 a.m.
* The post membership drive
is under way, and the post is striv-
ing for 100 percent. For informa-
tion, contact the quartermaster at
(863) 763-0818.
* Big screen TV for all events.

VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is locat-
ed at 2002 S.R. 78 W in Buckhead
Ridge. For information, call (863)
467-2882. Post opens at noon,
Monday through Sunday.
We are taking applications for
new members for the VFW, Ladies
Auxiliary, Male Auxiliary, AMVETS
and AMVETS ladies auxiliary.
* Wednesday: Ladies Auxil-
iary dinner and Men's Auxiliary or
AmVets. Music will be available.
* Every Thursday is bar bingo
at 12:45 p.m. Lunch will be avail-
e Every Friday a steak dinner
with baked potato, salad and rolls
will be served from 5:30 until 7
p.m. for an $11 donation. Danc-
ing immediately follows the din-
* Membership meetings are
held on the second Saturday of
the month beginning at 10 a.m.
The House Committee meeting is
on the fourth Saturday.
For information, contact Com-
mander Mike Hall at (863) 467-
All games and special events
are shown on three televisions.
The game room has a regulation-
size pool table.

VFW Post #10539
* The VFW will be open Mon-
day through Saturday at 10 a.m.,
and Sunday at 1 p.m.
* Lounge opens at 10 a.m.
Monday through Saturday and at
1 p.m. on Sunday.
* Monday: $1.50 tacos till 6
* Tuesday: Ladies Auxiliary
Dinner - 5:30 p.m. ($6)
* Wednesday: bar bingo will
start at 12:45 p.m. Lunch is avail-
able, courtesy of the Ladies Aux-
* Thursday: short order food
night from 5 until 8 p.m.
* Friday: fish fry, chicken fin-
gers or shrimp from 5 until 8 p.m.
along with live music and danc-
* Saturday: dollar dogs, sau-

sage dogs for $1.50 grilled or
steamed at noon. Live music and
dancing will start at 7 p.m.
* Sunday: sports on big
screen TV.
The Ladies Auxiliary is look-
ing for any family members of
Okeechobee residents currently
serving overseas. We are forward-
ing packages of needed items to
our active service personnel. For
more information or if you would
like to donate items please con-
tact us, Cheryl Benoit at (863)
The Post and Ladies Auxiliary
meetings are held the first Sunday
of every month at noon. Men's
Auxiliary meetings are the second
Wednesday of every month at
6:30 p.m.
* Call (863) 763-2308 for the
schedule of events.

Shrine Club
* The Okeechobee Shrine
Club, S.R. 78 W, members will
meet the first and third Thursday
of each month at 8 p.m. The club
is also available for weddings and
parties. For information call the
club at (863) 763-3378, or Keith at
(863) 634-2682.
* Sunday: Every second Sun-
day of the month there will be
a. Bike Sunday from noon until
7 p.m. There will be food, juke-
box, big screen T.V. and an Oasis
Lounge. For more information,
call the club at (863) 763-3378.

Cypress Hut
Eagles #4509
* The Cypress Hut Frater-
nal Order of Eagles post #4509
located at 4701 U.S. 441 S.E. is
now open to members Monday-
Saturday from 10 a.m. until 10
p.m., Sundays from 1 to 10 p.m.
Information can be found by visit-
ing www.foe4509.com, or calling
(863) 467-1164.
* Aerie meetings are at 7 p.m.
on the first and third Wednesday
of each month at the old Cypress
Hut flea market restaurant.
* FOE Auxiliary meetings are
at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth
Wednesday of every month
* -Breakfast is served on the
second and fourth Sunday of each
month from 9 a.m. until noon.
* Tuesday: food is served start-
ing at 5 p.m.
* Saturday, food is served start-
ing at 2 p.m.

Moose Lodge #2417
The Moose Lodge #2417
is located at 2 Linda Rd. BHR
*Nov. 24, they are holding a
garage sale from 8 a.m. until 5
p.m. -- guests and the community
welcome. Hotdogs will be served
for $1 donation and hamburgers
for $2 and will be served from 9
a.m. until 3 p.m. They are asking
all members to try to bring some
of their unwanted merchandise
and donate to our garage sale.
Let's get together and make this a
big success and money maker for
the lodge. After the garage sale
there will have a hog roast from
5 until 7:15 p.m. with music by
Debbie Collins at 8 p.m.

Service Clubs Fundraisers

Moose Legionnaires hold annual fundraiser
The Okeechobee Loyal Order of Moose, Legionnaires are
again holding their annual Koeze Nut "Fundraiser" for food
baskets for the less fortunate. Order forms and catalogs may be
picked up at the Stitchin' Post, 620 S. Parrott Ave., see Paul at the
Lodge, 159 N.W. 36th St., (863) 763-4954 or call Paul Diamond
P.G. Fund Chairman at (863) 467-1484 to order.

VFW #9528 Auxiliary sponsors Toys for Tots
The Ladies Auxiliary V.F.W. Post 9528 in Buckhead Ridge
is sponsoring Toys for Tots Program. This will be for our local
children; Buckhead Ridge and Okeechobee. New toys may be
dropped off at V.F.W. Post 9528 in Buckhead Ridge. No clothing
please. For information call Annie at (863) 357-0467.

Salvation Army seeks bell ringers
The Salvation Army needs your help during the upcoming
Christmas season. They need wonderful people who capture the
Christmas spirit to be bell ringers at different businesses during
the holiday season. If you would like to be a bell ringer or find
out more information, call Rev. Jim Dawson at 447-2715.

VFW sponsors Operation Shoebox
Big Lake VFW, Post #10539 is looking for all family mem-
bers -- sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, fathers or mothers -- of
those serving in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan or the Persian Gulf. The
Post is sponsoring Operation Shoebox and would like to send
packages to active military personnel from Okeechobee. Please
call (863) 697-2930, or e-mail Cheryl@oacenterprises.com.

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At the Movies Blondie

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, Nov. 23,
through Thursday, Nov. 29, are as
Theatre I -"Enchanted" (PG)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15,
7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7
p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre II - "Fred Claus" (PG)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15,
7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7
p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre Ill - "Mr. Magorium's
Wonder Emporium" (G) Show-
times: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m..
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15,
7 and 9 p.m., Monday at 3 and
7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
We will be open Friday,
Nov. 23 at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
Tickets are $5.50 for adults;
children 12 and under are $4.50;
senior citizens are $4.50 for all
movies; and, matinees are $4.
For information, call (863)

Today in

By The Associated Press
Today is Friday, Nov. 23, the
327th day of 2007. There are 38
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
On Nov. 23, 1765,, Frederick
County, Md., became the first co-
lonial entity to repudiate the Brit-
ish Stamp Act.
On this date:
In 1804, the 14th president of
the United States, Franklin Pierce,
was born in Hillsboro, N. H.
In 1903, singer Enrico Caruso
made his American debut at the
Metropolitan Opera House in New
York, appearing in "Rigoletto."
' In 1936, Life, the photojournal-
ism magazine created by Henry
R. Luce, was first published.
In 1943, during World War
II, U.S. forces seized control of
Tarawa and Makin atolls from the
In 1945, most U.S. wartime ra-
tioning of foods, including meat
and butter, was set to expire by
day's end.
In 1959, the musical "Fio-
rello!," with music by Jerry Bock
and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick,
opened on Broadway.
In- 1963, President Johnson
proclaimed November 25th a day
of national mourning following
the assassination of John F. Ken-
In 1971, the People's Republic
of China was seated in the U.N
Security Council.
In 1980, some 2,600 people
were killed by a series of earth-
quakes that devastated southern
In 1996, a hijacked Ethiopian
Airlines Boeing 767 crashed into
the waves off Comoros Islands,
killing about two-thirds of the 175
people on board.
Ten years ago: Iowa septup-
let mom Bobbi McCaughey left
the hospital and returned home
while her seven babies stayed
behind in intensive care. Artillery
shells fired by Lebanese guerrillas
accidentally struck a village near
the Israeli border, killing eight
Five years ago: President
Bush visited Vilnius, Lithuania,
and Bucharest, Romania, where
he vowed to defend hard-won
freedoms behind the former Iron
Curtain. Miss World organizers
moved the beauty pageant from
Abuja, Nigeria, to London after
about 100 people died in violence
triggered by a newspaper's sug-
gestion that the Islamic prophet
Muhammad would have liked the
One year ago: Former KGB
spy Alexander Litvinenko died in
London from radiation poisoning
after making a deathbed state-
ment blaming Russian President
Vladimir Putin. Car bombs and
mortar rounds struck a Shiite
slum in Baghdad, killing 215
people. Death claimed Broadway
librettist Betty Comden at age 89;
jazz vocalist Anita O'Day at age
87; and French actor Philippe
Noiret at age 76.
Today's Birthdays: Broadway
composer Jerry Bock is 79. For-
mer Labor Secretary William E.
Brock is 77. Actor Franco Nero is
66. Screenwriter Joe Eszterhas is
63. Actor Steve Landesberg is 62.
Senator Charles Schumer, D-N.Y,

is 57. Singer Bruce Hornsby is
53. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., is
52. Actor Maxwell Caulfield is 48.
Actor John Henton is 47. TV per-
sonality Robin Roberts ("Good
Morning America") is 47. Rock
singer-musician Ken Block (Sister
Hazel) is 41. Rock musician Char-
lie Grover is 41.
Thought for Today: "It is
better to debate an important
matter without settling it than to
settle it without debating it." a"

Wizard of Id


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The Last Word in Astrology

By Eugenia Last
*ARIES (March 21-April 19):
Do some good for others and meet
people who can teach you something
in return. Avoid an investment that
someone else wants you to buy into.
A problem with someone you work
with may lead to thoughts of a job
*TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
Someone isn't telling you the truth.
Dig deep to find out all the facts.
Don't let your heart rule your head or
you' may be out cash in the end and
face heartache. Talk to someone with
more experience.
*GEMINI (May 21-June 20):
Make self-improvements or start a
new hobby that will lead to making
new friends. Consider moving or
changing your surroundings. Don't
stretch the truth about what you can
and can't do.
*CANCER (June 21-July 22):
Someone new will interest you. You
will discover valuable information
about someone you know or live by.
A change regarding a partner, friend
or lover may lead you in a different
direction. Be stern when dealing with

people you don't agree with.
*LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Listen,
observe or take a trip to gain insight
for making the right decision about
someone or something you want
to do. Impulsive spending or being
too generous will lead to worry and
anxiety. Love is in the stars.
*VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): It's
up to you to clear the air regarding a
misunderstanding or uncomfortable
moment you had recently. Change
can be good if made for the right
reasons. Don't let someone misguide
you for his or her own selfish
* LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): There
is money to be made so be productive
and proactive. A new job, an interview
or even investing in a project will all
lead to something prosperous if you
do the work yourself and prove your
worth. Love is looking good.
*SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):
You may feel as if you are being
torn between your personal and
,your professional responsibilities.
You have to be organized. A trip can
serve both business and personal
purposes. Take action, make the
arrangements and follow through.

Dear Abby

Dentist's words

keep child smiling

*DEAR ABBY: I am a retired
pediatric dentist who frequently
treated children other dentists
couldn't manage or preferred not
One rule in my office was that
no child would ever leave without
being complimented, regardless
of how he or she had behaved
during the appointment - even
if it meant saying, "You're the
best spitter we've had all day!" Of
course, we were absolutely sin-
cere in our compliments.
One day a woman called to
make an emergency appoint-
ment for her-5-year-old grandson,
Pete. I learned that the little boy's
17-year-old mother had run away
when he was an infant. His father
(the grandparents' son) was in
prison serving a 30-year-to-life
sentence. That left this elderly
,couple to raise the child. My staff
told her to bring him in immedi-
When they arrived, Pete was
understandably nervous and
fussy when my assistant brought
him back into the operator, but
he soon quieted down, I gave him
a hug and began treatment to re-
lieve his infection and pain. When
I finished, I complimented him
and asked that his grandmother
come in so I could explain what
I had done. As we chatted, Pete
was happily picking out a little toy
from the drawer. We scheduled
a follow-up appointment for one
week later.
The following week, 20 min-
utes before his appointment, the
door burst open and little Pete
came running in looking for an
operator chair to sit in. I es-
corted him back to reception and
told him we'd call him in a few
The second appointment went
equally well. He was smiling and
happy. I spoke with his grand-
mother again as he once more
chose a little gift.
Then she said: "I still can't
believe it. Every morning this
week Pete jumped out of bed
Close to Home

and asked if this was the day he'd
come back to see you! I'd have to
tell him 'No, not for another five
days, then four days, three, etc.'
This morning he was so excited
when I told him this was the day
he was coming in." Then she
continued, "Do you know why he
was so eager to come back?"
"No," I replied, "please tell
"Because," she answered,
"you told him he was a good
Abby, here was a 5-year-old
child who had never been told
he was a good boy! I still tear up
when I think abut it. - (Dr.)
R.C. Smithwf -, Los Altos
Hills, Calif.
Thank you for sharing the re-
minder about how important it
is for children to receive positive
reinforcement. (Adults need it,
too.) If you think something nice
about someone, it takes so little
effort to open your mouth and
SAY it. I guarantee it'll make that
person's day - whether the per-
son is 5 or 55.

*DEAR ABBY: I have a quick
question about bike etiquette.
Who has the right-of-way on a
sidewalk/bikepath when walk-
ing? I'm tired of bike riders flying
up behind me, dinging a bell and
expecting me to jump out of their
way. I would think the slower-
moving entity has the right-of-way
and cyclists must either wait until
they can pass or get off and walk.
- On Foot in Orlando
know what the official rules of the
road for bicyclists are in your com-
munity. However, in most places
I have been, pedestrians are not
supposed to walk in bike lanes
- and cyclists should not ride on
sidewalks. That said, the minute
I heard a biker ring his bell, my
sense of survival would warn me
to move to the right so the person
could pass. Failure to yield could
cause great bodily harm.

Gina soon regretted asking her father to
videotape the wedding.
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21): Pick up new skills or attend a
lecture or tradeshow that will give
you insight for future projects. Keep
things to yourself and surprise the
competition when you are well-
prepared to take action.
*CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.
19): You should be readying yourself
to make a move, put some money
into your surroundings or invest in a
project. Consider entertaining people
you want to impress. Mix business
with pleasure and excel.
*AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):
Be careful while traveling: Mishaps,
poor directions or problems with
the people you encounter along the
way are all probable. You may want
to change your plans, invite friends
over or do something to get to know
your neighbors or people in your
community better.
*PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):
Focus on how you can make more
money, turn something you enjoy
into a lucrative endeavor or even how
to upgrade your living space. It's up
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8 Okeechobee News, Friday, November 23, 2007

SFWMD: 50 ways to be water smart

South Florida Water Manage-
ment District highlights the fol-
lowing ways to be water smart
at all times. Florida's lifestyle
depends on a clean, ample sup-
ply of water. As you read through
these 50 ways to save water,
you'll notice that some are based
on simple common sense, while
others utilize new technology.
It's important that we all do our

Saving Water
1 Don't overwater your lawn-
no more than once a week in
the winter or twice a week in the
summer. A good rain eliminates
the need for watering for up to
two weeks. Buy a rain gauge.
Most of the year, lawns only need
one inch of water per week.
2 Plant it smart. Xeriscape
landscaping is a great way to de-
sign, install and maintain both
your plants and irrigation system.
It will save time, money and wa-
3 Water lawns during the
early morning hours when tem-
peratures and wind speed are the
lowest. This reduces evaporation
and waste.
4 Position sprinklers so water
lands on the lawn and shrubs
and not on paved areas.
5 Install irrigation devices that
are the most water efficient for
each use. Micro and drip irriga-
tion and soaker hoses are exam-
ples of efficient devices.
6 Check sprinkler systems and
timing devices regularly to be
sure they operate properly. Flori-
da law now requires that "anyone
who purchases and installs an
automatic lawn sprinkler system
MUST install a rain sensor device
or switch which will override the
irrigation cycle when adequate
rainfall has occurred."
7 Raise the lawn mower blade
to at least three inches, or to its
highest level. A higher cut encour-
ages grass roots to grow deeper,
shades the root system and holds
soil moisture.
8 Avoid over fertilizing your
lawn. Applying fertilizer increas-
es the need for water. Apply fertil-
izers which contain slow-release,
water insoluble forms of nitro-
9 Use mulch to retain moisture
in the soil. (Help preserve native
+ cypress forests by selecting other
types of mulch such as treated
melaleuca.) Mulch also helps
control weeds that compete with
landscape plants for water.
10 Plant native and/or
drought-tolerant grasses, ground
covers, shrubs and trees. Once
established, they do not need
water as frequently and usually
will survive a dry period without
watering. They also require less
fertilizer or herbicides. Group
plants together based on similar
water needs.
11 Use a broom or blower
instead of a hose to clean leaves
and other debris from your drive-
way or sidewalk.
'12 Use a shut-off nozzle on
your hose which can be adjusted
down to a fine spray, so that wa-
ter flows only as needed. When
finished, turn it off at the faucet
instead of at the nozzle, to avoid

leaks. Check hose connectors
to make sure plastic or rubber
washers are in place. Washers
prevent leaks.
13 Do not leave sprinklers or
hoses unattended. A garden hose
can pour out 600 gallons or more
in only a few hours. Use a bell
timer to remind yourself to turn
sprinklers off.
14 Avoid purchasing recre-
ational water toys which require
a constant stream of water.
15 Consider using a commer-
cial car wash that recycles water.
If you wash your own car, park
on the grass and use a hose with
an automatic shut-off nozzle.
16 Avoid installing ornamen-
tal water features (such as foun-
tains) unless they use recycled
17 If you have a swimming
pool, consider a new water-sav-
ing pool filter. A single backflush-
ing with a traditional filter uses
180 to 250 gallons of water.

In Your Home
18 Never pour water down the
drain when there may be another
use for it. Use it to water your in-
door plants or garden.
19 Make sure your home is
leak-free. Check your water me-
ter when you are certain that no
water is being used. If the me-
ter reading changes, you have a
20 Repair dripping faucets by
replacing washers. One drop per
second wastes 2,700 gallons of
water per year!
21 Retrofit all household fau-
cets by installing aerators with
flow restrictors.
22 Check for toilet leaks by
adding food coloring to the tank.
If you have a leak, the color will
appear in the bowl within 30
minutes. (Flush immediately to
avoid stains.)
23 If the toilet handle frequent-
ly sticks in the flush position, let-
ting water run constantly, replace
or adjust it.
24 Install a toilet displace-
ment device to cut down on
the amount of water needed for
each flush. (Don't use a brick!
There are' devices available at
most hardware and home cen-
ters.) Be sure installation does
not interfere with the operating
parts. Consider low-volume toi-
lets which use less than half the
water of older models. NOTE: In
many areas, low-volume units
are required by law.
25 Take shorter showers. Re-
place your showerhead with an
ultra-low-flow version.
26 Place a bucket in the show-
er to catch excess water to water
27 In the shower, turn water
on to get wet; turn -off to Tather
up; then turn the water back on
to rinse off. Repeat when wash-
ing your hair.
28 Operate automatic dish-
washers and clothes washers
only when they are fully loaded
or set the water level for the size
of load you are using.
29 When hand washing dish-
es, save water by filling two con-
tainers - one with soapy water,
one with rinse water containing a
small amount of chlorine bleach.
30 Store drinking water in the
refrigerator. Don't let the tap run

while you are waiting for water
to cool.
31 Do not use running water
to thaw' meat or other frozen
foods. Defrost food overnight in
the refrigerator, or use the defrost
setting on your microwave.
32 Kitchen sink disposals re-
quire lots of water to operate
properly. Start a compost pile as
an alternate method of disposing
of food waste.
33 Do not waste water wait-
ing for it to get hot. Capture it for
other uses such as plant watering
or heat it on the stove or in a mi-
34 Consider installing an in-
stant hot water heater on your
sink and insulating your water
35 Think twice about install-
ing a water-to-air heat pump or
air-conditioning system. Newer
air-to-air models are just as effi-
cient and do not waste water.
36 Don't let water run while
brushing your teeth, washing
your face or shaving.
37 Install water softening sys-
tems only when necessary. Turn
softeners off while on vacation.
38 If you have a well at home,
check your pump periodically. If
the pump kicks on and off while
water is not being used, you have
a leak.
39 Avoid flushing the toilet un-
necessarily. Dispose of tissues,
insects and other similar waste in
the trash rather than the toilet.

Water Saving Tips
40 Follow water conserva-
tion guidelines and ordinances
in your community. Even if your
water comes from a private well

-you are expected to comply.
41 Report water losses (bro-
ken pipes, open hydrants, errant
sprinklers, abandoned free-flow-
ing wells, etc.) to the property
owner, local authorities or your
water management district.
42 Promote water conserva-
tion in community newsletters,
on bulletin boards and by ex-
ample. Encourage your friends,
neighbors and co-workers to "be
water smart."
43 Patronize businesses which
practice water conservation, such
as restaurants that only serve wa-
ter upon request.
44 Encourage your employer
to promote water conservation
in the workplace.
45 Encourage your school
system and local government to
help develop and promote a wa-
ter conservation ethic.
46 Support projects that will
lead to an increased use of re-
claimed waste water for irriga-
tion and other uses.
47 Support efforts that pro-
mote water conservation among
48 Conserve water because
it is the right thing to do - even
when someone else is footing
the bill, such as when you are
staying at a hotel.
49 Participate in public water
conservation meetings conduct-
ed by your local government, util-
ity or water management district.
. 50 Try to do one thing each
day that will result in saving wa-
ter. Every drop counts!
For more water conserva-
tion information and materials
contact the SFWMD at 1(800)
662-8876 or visit www.sfwmd.

UKeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar

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Okeechobee News, Friday, November 23, 2007 9

Businesses mobilize to defeat Hometown

By Bill Kaczor
Associated Press Writer
retired salesman Murray Jaffee
signed a petition for a ballot
proposal called "Florida Home-
town Democracy" he got two
letters and a phone call saying
he had made a big mistake and
should revoke his signature.
Jaffee, a self-described "tree
hugger" from Deerfield Beach,
was puzzled over that response
to his support for the citizens
initiative designed to give vot-
ers the final say on where new
homes, roads and other devel-
opment should be allowed.
"It's crazy. Why would we
sign a petition in the first place
and then rescind it?" Jaffee
asked. "Who are these peo-
They are builders, develop-
ers, and other business lead-
ers. Their drive to revoke peti-
tion signatures is just part of an
unprecedented, all-out effort to
defeat Hometown Democracy
in the courts, in the Legislature
and at the ballot box.
The proposed state consti-
tutional amendment would re-
quire voter approval for changes
in local comprehensive plans,
a key tool for growth manage-
ment. For example, if a devel-
oper wants to build a neighbor-
hood on land designated in the
plan for agricultural use, local
voters would have to approve
the change. Currently, a county
or city commission would make
the decision.
Opponents argue the amend-
ment would cause economic
havoc by slowing, if not stop-
ping, growth through hundreds
of referendums on planning
changes no matter how minor.
"It's a wrong solution for a
perceived problem," said Bar-
ney Bishop, president of As-
sociated Industries of Florida,
a powerful business lobbying
group. "Growth management
is not perfect. It can be made
better, but you don't go to a
plebiscite every time somebody
wants to do a development.
That is overkill."
Lesley Blackner, a Palm
Beach lawyer who co-founded
and leads Hometown Democ-
racy, says those fears are mis-
"The growth boys are pre-
suming the voters are going to
say no to everything," she said.

"This talk of Armageddon is
way overblown. There's going
to be plenty of development."
Blackner said she started the
initiative in partnership with
Tallahassee lawyer Ross Bur-
naman as a response to willy-
nilly growth and public officials
who she says are too willing to
give developers everything they
want while ignoring citizen pro-
Hometown Democracy so far
has gathered nearly 60 percent
- 356,590 - of the 611,009
verified signatures it needs by
Feb. 1 to get on the November
2008 ballot.
The proposal, though, has
run into opposition every step
of the way from opponents that
include local governments, the
Florida Chamber of Commerce,
other business interests and
even some environmentalist,
who are split on the issue.
The Florida Supreme Court
in 2005 rejected the original
Hometown proposal due to
"emotional" and misleading
language in a ballot summary.
It claimed the measure would
protect Florida's natural re-
sources and scenic beauty.
Blackner and Burnaman re-
vised the amendment and last
year won Supreme Court ap-
proval after another challenge
from associations representing
Florida's cities, counties and
school boards.
Opponents, though, have
succeeded in persuading the
Legislature to pass new laws
that make it more difficult to
adopt citizen's initiatives. They
have moved up the signature
deadline by six months, allowed
voters to revoke their signatures
and let businesses' ban petition
gatherers from their property.
Should the proposal get on
the ballot, it'll be harder to pass
due to an amendment proposed
by the Legislature and adopted
by voters last year. It requires 60
percent approval for all future
amendments no matter how
they get on the ballot instead
of a simple majority. Voters ad-
opted it by 58 percent.
The first organized effort to
revoke signatures is being con-
ducted by a group funded large-
ly by builders, developers, re-
al estate agents, nursing home
operators and agribusiness.
Save Our Constitution,
chaired by Associated Indus-

The growth boys are presuming the voters are going
to say no to everything. This talk of Armageddon
is way overblown. There's going to be plenty of
- Lesley Blackner,
co-founder of Hometown Democracy

tries' Bishop, sent out letters
signed by former House Speaker
John Thrasher, now a business
lobbyist, that made it appear
"Big Developers" were support-
ing Hometown Democracy.
It warned the proposal
would turn "all power over
use of Florida's lands to certain
electors" in a system rigged by
"special interests and their slick
lawyers" that would "ruin Flori-
da's scenic beauty."
Electors, or course, are an-
other name for voters. Bishop
said the letter used that term
because it's also in the pro-
posed amendment. Bishop,
though, couldn't name any de-
velopers supporting Hometown
"That's not my job," he said.
"We believe it's everybody's
right to hear both sides of the
story. They use hyperbole. We
use hyperbole."
Bishop said thousands have
revoked their signatures but he
declined to disclose the exact
number. Blackner said she ex-
pects Bishop's group to wait
until the last minute to turn the
revocations over to election of-
ficials so it'll be more difficult to
challenge them.
Hometown Democracy has
challenged the constitutional-
ity of the revocation law in a
case still pending a Tallahassee
The Chamber of Commerce,
meanwhile, has formed an-
other group called "Floridians
for Smarter Growth" to offer
a competing amendment. It
would put planning changes on
the ballot only if 10 percent of
voters sign a petition and they'd
be able to sign only at county
supervisor of elections offices.
Blackner said the latter pro-
vision would make it nearly im-
possible put any change on the
ballot. Another provision says if
voters pass both amendments
only Smarter Growth would be
"This petition is a trick,"
Blackner said.
Even if it doesn't get on the

ballot, Smarter Growth could
keep Hometown Democracy off.
Blackner said Smarter Growth
has siphoned off paid petition
gatherers by paying them more.
The chamber group is offering
$3.02 per signature compared
to Hometown Democracy's
"It's simply how petition
gathering works," said Adam
Babbington, who is leading
the chamber's effort. "This is a
It took more than four years
for Hometown Democracy to
raise $1 million with Blackner
herself contributing nearly half
- about $457,000. The Sierra
Club has contributed more than
Smarter Growth, though,
has outstripped that effort with
more than $1.5 million in just

six months including
from the National Ass
of Home Builders and$
from Florida Associatio
altors. Save Our Con
has raised $133,100 for
nature revocation camp
The bipartisan grow
agement group 1000 Fr
Florida, which has r
with development and
mental backgrounds,
poses Hometown Dem
It argues the propos
turn the planning proc
a series of high-price
campaigns that favor
developers, result in pi
rather than compr
planning and promote
as voters block growth
ing communities - th
My Backyard, or NIM
The proposal also c
suit in backlash legisi
weaken planning requ
and legal gridlock throu
challenges, 1000 Friend
Blackner dismissed
mere speculation and s
critics call NIMBY-ism is
about your community
Charles Pattison, p

$550,000 of 1000 Friends, credited Home-
sociation town Democracy, though, with
$200,000 fostering a public debate on
on of Re- growth management. The fear
institution of Hometown Democracy has
r the sig- made developers and lawmak-
paign. ers more willing to consider al-
vth man- ternate improvements, he said.
friends of Pattison's group is lobbying
members lawmakers for a "Citizen Bill
environ- of Rights" that would require
also op- public participation in planning
ocracy. and more than a simple major-
al would ity for local government bodies
cess into to change plans. It also would
d media make it easier for citizens to
wealthy challenge those decisions.
iecemeal Florida Audubon, another
ehensive leading environmental orga-
e sprawl nization, is staying neutral be-
in exist- cause it has members on both
ie Not in sides, said Charles Lee, the
BY, syn- group's advocacy director.
Lee himself is torn. He
could re- signed the petition but said he's
nation to worried the Legislature could
irements thwart the amendment by
igh court changing planning laws as the
Is says. constitution does not require
that as comprehensive plans.
aid what Lee, too, got a call urging
s "caring him to revoke his signature.
...."I hung up the phone," he
)resident said.

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Rates on 30-year mortgages dropping

By Jeannine Aversa
AP Economics Writer
gage rates sank this week, with
rates on 30-year mortgages
dropping to a six-month low,
a spot of welcome news to
would-be home buyers.
Freddie Mac, the mortgage
company, reported Wednesday,
that 30-year, fixed-rate mortgag-
es averaged 6.20 percent. That
was down from 6.24 percent
last week and was the lowest
rate since the week ending May
10, when rates stood at 6.15
Other mortgage rates also
Rates on 15-year fixed-rate
mortgages, a popular choice
for refinancing, slid to 5.83
percent, from 5.88 percent last
week. This week's rate hasn't
been lower since the week end-
ing Feb. 2, 2006, when 15-year
rates averaged 5.81 percent, the
mortgage company said.
For five-year adjustable-rate
mortgages, rates fell to 5.88
percent, down from 5.96 per-

cent last week. This week's
rate hasn't been lower since
the week ending May 3, when
5-year rates averaged 5.87 per-
cent, Freddie Mac said.
Rates on one-year adjust-
able-rate mortgages dropped
to 5.42 percent, compared with
5.50 percent last week. The rate
on one-year ARMs hasn't been
lower since late March, when
rates averaged 5.40 percent.
The moderation in mortgage
rates around the country pro-
vides a dose of good news for
prospective home buyers, some
of whom also may be facing a
situation of harder-to-get cred-
it. But the easing in mortgage
rates doesn't change housing's
overall bleak picture.
"The housing market re-
mains weak, continuing to be
a drag on the economy," said
Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac's
chief economist.
The mortgage rates do not
include add-on fees known as
points. Thirty-year, 15-year and
five-year mortgages each car-
ried a nationwide average fee
of 0.5 point. The one-year ARM

carried an average fee of 0.6
A year ago, 30-year mortgag-
es stood at 6.18 percent. Rates
on 15-year mortgages were at
5.91 percent a year ago, while
five-year ARMS averaged 5.99
percent and one-year ARMs
were at 5.49 percent.
The housing market has
been suffering through a se-
vere slump, following five-years
of heady activity. Sales turned
weak as did home prices. The
problems in housing are ex-
pected to persist well into next
The boom-to-bust situation
has been especially hard on
homeowners with spotty credit
and lower incomes. Foreclo-
sures and late payments have
surged. Overstretched borrow-
ers in some cases have been
stuck with mortgages that
eclipse the value of their homes.
Borrowers that took out adjust-
able-rate mortgages with low
introductory "teaser" rates have
been socked when those loans
reset to much higher rates.

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27 "June Is Bustin'
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meaning "speaks
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Business Places 910
Property 915
Townhouses - Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House - Rent 930
Land - Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960

Oak Lake Apts., Remodeled
2br, 1/2 ba, 2 Story, Washer
Dryer. Patio. $800 mo., 1st,
last + sec. (863)634-3313
$625/mo, $525 sec dep.
OKEECHOBEE, r, a,2br, ba, Close
to Town. $850. mo. includes
water. Annual Lease. Call
Vikki @561-255-4377
Okeechobee, 2Br/1.5ba, car-
peted, ceramic tile, w/appl's
incl. dishwasher, $700 mo.
+ $700 sec. (863)763-8878

Oak Lake Villas, 2br/2ba
$900/month, First, Last,
+ $900 Security. Pets
Welcome. Clean & spacious.
Available immediately.
Call (863) 801-3133

lots of tile, garage, $1200.
Lawrence Associates,
OKEECHOBEE- 2/2, Washer &
Dryer, 6 mo or 1 yr lease,
$750/mo, $1600 to move in.
Great location. 907 SW 2nd
Ave (863)634-0512



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Waterfront 3 Bdrm., 11/2 Ba.
'2 Story w/Lake Okeechobee
access & boat ramp. Wrap
around porch. Fenced yard.
Pets welcome! $1000
mo. + 1st, last & sec.
CBS Home, 3BR/2BA, on 5 ac.
w/24x60 barn, asking
$3,000 neg. or to rent for
$1500 mo. (863)634-6113
available December 1st. Call
Fenced yard. $1000. mo.

sq ft. stand alone, available
OKEECHOBEE - Office Space
rental. 18'x12' $600. mo.
Utilities included. For ap-
pointment (863)467-1545

Delightful 2/1 furnished
with a large screen
porch that overlooks
Taylor Creek.
Quiet and Secure on
private peninsula.
$800 month.

SEASONAL ONLY - Waterfront
Houses. Immaculate. Fully
furnished. New construction.

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property - Sale 1010
Townhouses - Sale 1015
Farms - Sale 1020
Houses - Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property - Sale 1035
Land - Sale 1040
Lots - Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property - Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

DIXIE RANCH - 1 acre, 208 x
208. Big oak trees. Hi & Dry.
7 mis from town off 87th Ct.,
2nd lot in on the right.
$50,000. (561)968-0468
Features 3BRs/2BAs, Ig. LR,
garage, $118k, includes per-
mit fees. Lawrence Asso-
ciates 1-800-543-2495

863-697-1O2801 Find t faster. Sell it soon-
, er In the classfleds

new inside & out, must see!
In Okee Estates. 2100 sq ft.
$210,000 (863)634-6186
der appraisal. $169,900. Oak
/tile/marble, Space to add
master bath, i24 x13 en-
closed Fla. room & more!!
Grab flyer!! 309 SW 10th

OKEECHOBEE - 2 duplexes on
one lot, New metal roofs,
CBS, $325,000

. 151/2 Acres Electricity/Water.
Surrounded by homes &
pastures. 786-344-8810

Mobile Homes

Mobile Home- Lots 2005
Mobile Home- Parts 2010
Mobile Homes- Rent 2015
Mobile Homes - Sale 2020

CHOICE OF 3BR, or 2 BR, 2
ba D/W's No pets, yrly lease,
starting @ $600/mo +
$1000 sec. 863-763-4031
Bdrm., 2 Ba. On 10 acres.
$1200 mo. Call

OKEECHOBEE- 2/1, newly re-
modeled, central heat/AC, Ig
porches, on 1.5 acres,
wooded & fenced. $800/mo
+ Sec dep. (863)634-3451
QUIET AREA- 2/2, m/h, Ig
screened porch, until. rm, 1/2
acre, nice trees, 70E. $750
+ sec includes lawn service.
2ba, 2 person max. All util.
furnished, including yard.
$1250. mo. (863)634-2561
Okee 3br, 2ba, Lake access,
No pets. $925 most &sec.
dep. (561)927-8211

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OKEE - 2br, shed, Fla Room,
CA/Heat, W/D, carport, In
Adult park, $10,500
OKEE. - Holiday Rambler, 31',
Clean, Used little, 20 FL/rm
Shed, Fully furn., 2 A/C's ,
TV, 2 fridges, utensils,
dishes, linens, flush toilet,
washer, Freezer. Just Move
In! Lot rent til 01/01/08. Ste-
phens Winter Resort Across
the drive from the canal, lot
21. $5999. Neg.
810)743-3938 or cell#
4/2 Tile floor, Energy Package,
Deluxe loaded, over
2,200 sq. ft
30th Anniversary
Sale Special
Save $15,000.
Call for FREE Color Brochures
SKYLINE - '92, 28x60 DW,
3BR, 2BA, 2LR's. $25K/best
offer. Must move.
(863)634-9148 Iv msg
It's never too late to find
the perfect gift. Look for
It In the elassinedis.


Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts - Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070

Heavy duty crew cab, all
power, running boards, bed-
liner, towing package, over-
size off-road tires, $17,500.
Call 863-467-1545.

2500, Heavy duty, Reading Util
bed, Ladder rack, 60,800 mi.
$18,950. (863)467-1545

Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500


CASE NO. 2007-CA-214
SARAH J. PIGOTT, et ux., et al.,
the Final Judgment entered in this case
now pending in said Court, the style of
which is indicated above.
I will sell to the highest and best bidder
for cash in the OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
Street, Okeechobee, Florida, on the
12th day of Dec., 2007, at 11:00 a.m.,
the following described property as set
forth in said Order or Final Judgment,
ENTERED at Okeechobee County, Fori-
da, this 191h day of NOVEMBER,
As Clerk, Circuit Court
By: Linda F. Young
As Deputy Clerk
249704 ON 11/23,30/07
On October 18, 2007, FAITH APTIST
DA filed an application with the FCC
in Washington, O.C. for a canstruc-
tion permit for a new FM radio sta-
tion that will operate on channel
208B1 at Taylor Creek, Florida. The
new station will operate from a
transmitter location located at 27
degrees, 23 minutes, 06 seconds
north latitude and 81 degrees, 00
minutes, 52 seconds west longi-
tude, and its studio will be located
within 25 miles of Taylor Creek,
Florida. The officers anddirectors
of the applicant are Greg W. Booh-
er, Billy Ward, Kerry J. Burke,
Manual Gabriel, Samuel J. Frey, and
William T. Briton. A copy of the ap-
plication, amendments and related
materials is on file for public in-
spection at 206 SW 16th St. Okee-
chobee, FL 34974.
249021 ON 11/16,17,20.23/07
In accordance with the Administrative
Procedures Act, Chapter 120, Flori-
da Statutes, the Okeechobee
County School Board will consider
revision of a Job Description for the
position listed below. This will oc-
cur at the School Board meeting on
Tuesday, January 22, 2008, at 6:00
p.m., in Room 303 of the School
Board Administrative Office at 700
S.W. Second Avenue, Okeechobee.
TITLE: Warehouseman
QUALIFICATIONS: Requires a high
school diploma or general educa-
tion degree (GED).

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Festival of Trees
Hospice of Okeechobee will continue to accept fully decorated Christmas trees
to be displayed at this year's Festival of Trees until Saturday, Nov. 24. All items
submitted will be judged for beauty and creativeness. The event raises money
for The Hamrick Home. (Pictured are) hospice worker Cathy Schmiedel and
John Abney, who will be one of this year's judges, going over the rules for judg-
ing the trees. If you want to submit a tree, please contact Ms. Schmiedel at (863)

Tips to spruce up your

holiday entertaining

(ARA) - Looking for a little glitz to
spruce up your holiday entertaining? You
may already have all the trimmings you
need right in your own home. This is
one of the first places Annie Williamson
looks when developing new decorating
ideas to capture the magic of the holidays.
As a designer for Replacements, Ltd., the
world's largest supplier of old and new
china, crystal, silver and collectibles, it's not
only her job to deck the showroom, but
also to help customers come up with their
own unique twists to add seasonal glow.
"You don't have to spend a lot of money or be
extraordinarily creative to give your holiday ta-
ble that extra sparkle," says Williamson. "You
can do so much on a limited budget by start-
ing with china or other items you already have
and using them in ways you never imagined."
Here are a few decorating tips to find
items in your own home and turn
them into dazzling decorating pieces:
Think outside the box
Are your serving pieces in the china cabi-
net gathering dust? Those could be the
start of a perfect centerpiece. "A great idea
that's also really easy is to fill a soup tu-
reen or large serving bowl with fresh flow-
ers or even colorful holiday ornaments to
complement your napkins or china," says
Replacements' Dubravka Vujinovic. "You
could do something similar with your sugar
bowl, or even fill water goblets or tumblers
with flowers to use at each place setting."
Find festive flourishes
You don't need to have several sets of china to
impress your guests. Replacements experts
say small flourishes can easily give your table
a whole new look.
* Mix old and new china patterns, or even

combine pieces of your formal dinnerware
with a more casual pattern. For instance, use
a colorful earthenware dinner plate such as
Homer Laughlin Fiesta as a charger beneath
a more delicate china pattern.
* Add a burst of pizzazz by using colored
glass plates as accent pieces. For autumn
entertaining, you could even place a bright
fall leaf on a dinner plate, then place a see-
through colored glass plate on top to create
a layered effect.
* Look outdoors. Use seasonal greenery,
including holly, running cedar or magnolia
leaves on the table to add color. For Thanks-
giving, decorate with fresh fall leaves and wal-
* Fill silver bowls with water and float
candles for evening entertaining.
* Add feathers to festive floral arrange- +
ments to create a unique look, or use gold
and silver bells as accents.
* Instead of flowers, fill clear vases with
cranberries, lemons or greenery in water.
* Decorate with ornaments at each
place setting. They not only add sparkle,
but guests can take home these keepsakes
as a reminder of your special evening.
"Chandelier trees are another way to daz-
zle your guests," says Williamson. "Take
down the chandelier or light fixture over
your dining room table then hang a holi-
day tree upside down from the ceiling and
decorate it with lights and ornaments.
Not only does this create more space on
the table, it's a great conversation starter."
Want to learn more inside advice to dazzle
your guests? You can find additional decorat-
ing tips at www.replacements.com.
Courtesy of ARAcontent

Shoppers seek lower-price stores

By Anne D'Innnocenzio
AP Business Writer
NEW YORK (AP)-- That $3.20 latte at
Starbucks or the $300 handbag at Coach
may no longer be affordable luxuries. Feel-
ing squeezed by gas prices and weak credit,
the nation's shoppers are increasingly trading
down to lower-price stores or cheaper items.
Such changes - which emerged this past
summer and surfaced in the latest financial
results for retailers - could alter dynamics
of the holiday shopping season as it official-
ly kicks off on Friday. For some shoppers, it
could be as drastic as buying all their clothes
at discounters instead of department stores.
For others, it could be as subtle as buying a
wallet instead of a handbag or one latte per
week at a fancy coffee shop and deli coffee
on the other days.
The trend could benefit discounters, ware-
house clubs and drug stores while hurting
department stores and mall-based apparel
chains. Even Starbucks Inc. reported its first
decline in traffic on record at its U.S. stores.
"People are so cash- and credit-con-
cerned," said retail consultant Burt Flickinger
III, noting that he hasn't seen "the trading
down" phenomenon since the 1987 stock
market crash resulted in massive job losses
and the housing slump in the early 1990s.
The idea of trading down is different
from cross-shopping, when shoppers buy
kitchenware at Target and status handbags
at Neiman Marcus. Shoppers cross shop to
have a more eclectic style, but trade down to
cheaper stores as a sign of financial stress, say
Amanda Curry, a waitress and bar man-
ager from Riverview, Mich., said she normally
shops at Somerset, an upscale mall with
Nordstrom and Macy's department stores.
Now, she is looking at places that offer lower
This year's destination? "Meijer, Wal-Mart
- J.C. Penney, probably," she said. "My
income's not as high as it used to be," she
said, noting that she now has a 17-month-old
daughter. Her financial situation has meant
fewer trips to Starbucks and more bringing

home coffee from home.
Monica Tang, a retail strategist at Kurt
Salmon Associates, agrees that certain shop-
pers are trading down to less expensive
stores, but she doesn't see it as a slam on the
They are finding easier ways to cut back
if they are looking to reduce their spending,
she said.
The trend is starting to play in the hands
of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which has stepped
up discounting after suffering its worst holi-
day season on record last year. Last week, the
discounter recorded an 8 percent profit in-
crease, and analysts say it could benefit from
shoppers trading down this holiday season
even as its core customers pull back. Drug
store chains like CVS Caremark Corp. and
Walgreen Co. - both of which have been
adding trendy items like funky jewelry - are
also expected to be winners.
Meanwhile, department stores - which
enjoyed a resurgence last holiday season -
have seen their fortunes reverse. Home and
apparel, categories sensitive to the economy,
are struggling with sluggish sales and depart-
ment stores are finding stiffer competition
from the likes of offprice stores like TJ Maxx,
Flickinger said.
Last week, Macy's lowered its sales out-
look, while Kohl's Corp. and J.C. Penney Co.
reduced their earnings projections as they re-
corded declining profits in the third-quarter.
But TJX Cos. boosted its earnings outlook as
it recorded an 8 percent profit gain in third-
quarter profits.
Luxury stores like Saks Fifth Avenue should
continue to fare well this holiday season. But
the aspirational luxury buyer seems to be
feeling pinched, hurting results at Coach Inc.,
considered a bellwether for the low-end lux-
ury market. Coach cut its sales outlook after
struggling with declining traffic.
In a bid to get shoppers to buy early,
Wal-Mart and other stores have offered door
buster specials starting the first weekend of
November. The deals are only expected to get
better the day after Thanksgiving with stores
expanding shopping hours and offering more
door buster items than last year.


Okeechobee Parks & Recreation Soccer Teams

Collins Lawn Service soccer team ages 8 and under league team players are: Emily Wel-
born, Gage Ingram, Mark Holmes, Omar Mederos, Rebecca Brashears, MacKenzie Crum,
Seairra Moore, Mariah Martinez, Brittney Kicklighter, Mariah Aguirre, Zach Lamb, Brianna
Roundtree and Maliah Wright. Coaches are, Bobbie Ingram and Nicki Ingram.

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John's Towing soccer team 14 and under division players (in no particular order) are: Philip
Suarez, Esteban Rodriguez, Bradley Rathbun, Marcos Fonseca, Edwin Robles, Dallas Park-
er, Hector Torres, Alejandro Nunez, Mariah Watford, Kayla Chouinard, Chris Rendleman,
Taylor Lepley, Jose Bucio, Autumn Lewis and Isaias Mungaray. Coaches are, David Suarez
and Mauro Dominguez.

Quality Tees soccer team 6 and under division team players (in no particular order) are:
Daniel Vega, Eduardo Esquivel, Edana Scalf, Taylor Green, Julio Barrera, Sonu Chauhan,
Daniel Estrada, Layla Gaucin, Ashley Marker, Alexis Torres, Mason Turner and Jason Zuni-
ga. Coaches are, David Scalf and Mitchell Gaucin.

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Spunky's Surf Shop Soccer Champions
Spunky's Surf Shop is the champions of Okeechobee County Parks & Recreation 2007
Youth Soccer program 14 & under division. Players and coaches are (front row, left to
right) are: Francisco Bucio, Oscar Tinajero, Cesar Chavez, Jose Bucio, Grabiela Borja,
Cyntia Duque, Abril Maldonado, (back row, left to right) are: Coach Videl Torres, Allison
Chapman, Juan Trejo, Dillon Resendiz, Alexander Buck, Hernan Santibanez, Eduardo Tre-
jo, Asst. Coach Roger Duque, and Amado Vega.

Sports News in Brief

Bass Club
meeting slated
Taylor Creek Bass Club will
hold its next monthly meeting on

Dec. 13 at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post 9528 beginning at 7
p.m. The club holds its meetings
on the second Thursday of each
month with bass tournaments

being held the following week-
end. New. members (especially
non-boaters) are welcome. For
more information contact Dave
Stout at (863) 467-2255.

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Here is the Okeechobee Premier Soccer team, 8 and under division. Team players are, Lu-
cas Seals, Miguel Raya, Karla Cano, Nelson Liberato, Logan Seals, Leonel Alvarado, Vivi-
anna Cisneros, Adrian Guerrero, Jonathan Watson, Alondra Calzada, Flor Guerrero, Dalton
Arnold a Jose Pelayo. Coaches are, Ignacio Calzada and Francisco Guerrero.

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